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Should You Clean Your Own Carpets or Hire a Carpet Cleaning Service?

Cleaning the carpet in our family room is on my list of spring cleaning tasks. It is not an enjoyable task but … If you have carpets in your home, I am sure you have asked yourself the same question: Hire Someone or Do It Yourself? The big debate is whether you should buy your …

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How to Use Packing Cubes to Pack More in Less Space

My secret to traveling light? eBags packing cubes. Many eons ago, when my children were little, I bought several sets of eBags packing cubes for an international trip. That has been the single most useful travel purchase I have ever made. Nowadays, I like to travel using carry-ons only – and the only way that …

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How to Choose the Right Carry-On Luggage for Your Next Flight

The carry-on luggage that you choose can make or break your trip. That is the reality of air travel today. Charges for checked baggage can be steep, especially if you are traveling with a large family. For the last few years, my family has bypassed the baggage carousel and have used carry-on bags exclusively. It’s made …

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Hosting the Holiday Party? 6 Tips for a Stress-Free Celebration

There’s nothing more joyous than celebrating the holidays with friends and family. But hosting the holiday party can be a little stressful. Assuming the role of hostess comes with a hefty to-do list that can leave you feeling overwhelmed and anything but joyful by the time guests arrive. If you feel panic-stricken at the thought …

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Thanksgiving Entertaining Tips For a Large Crowd

It’s that time of year again. These Thanksgiving entertaining tips will help you serve a large crowd with no stress. Every year I host a crowd of at least 20 people for Thanksgiving. There is lots of food, laughing, and great conversation. And the one thing that is always missing – thankfully – is stress. I …

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Can Deer Resistant Plants Promise a Lush Summer Garden?

I spent the better part of Memorial Day weekend picking out deer resistant plants. My very overgrown and weed ridden gardens needed some TLC because the deer have been hungry. Very hungry. When I say gardens I mean flowers, bushes, trees – that type of thing. Fruits and vegetables are out of my league – …

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Replacement Pyrex Lids – There is such a thing!

Why do I need replacement Pyrex lids? Well, last night I made a beautiful homemade lentil soup. (Here is the recipe.) It was one of those times where the world’s aligned and everything came out just perfect – the right amount of salt, seasonings, consistency – it all was perfect. I was so looking forward to …

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Get Organized Month – Decluttering Tips and Organizing Ideas

Bet you didn’t know that January is Get Organized Month (GO month for short)? But it does make sense. Get Organized Month is the best time to set achievable goals and start the year off right. The National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) uses Get Organized Month to empower businesses and busy people to take control …

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How to Avoid a Thanksgiving Meal Fiasco

Hosting a Thanksgiving meal for a large group is no small undertaking. There are a lot of moving parts that each need a fair amount of attention. The turkey, the fixings, the dessert, drinks, appetizers, decor, seating, and entertainment. For the dinner to go smoothly, it all comes down to one thing – TIMING. Where …

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Bathroom Tile Accents โ€“ One Thing About Glass Tiles

In our recent bathroom renovation we decided to install a shower tile accent border using glass tiles – the ones you see in the photo below. However, they didn’t come out exactly as I had planned. So, I will share what I learned with you. Thankfully, I was happy with the finished look – but …

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